16 days in South Africa Itinerary

16 days in South Africa Itinerary

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16 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Frankfurt
Fly:  21​h 45​min
1
Port Elizabeth
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Addo Elephant National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Jeffreys Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Plettenberg Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
5
Tsitsikamma National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Knysna
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Oudtshoorn
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
8
Gansbaai
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
9
Cape Town
— 5 nights
Fly:  15​h 45​min
End: Frankfurt

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Port Elizabeth

Port Elizabeth ©
The sprawling city of Port Elizabeth, nestled on the scenic Algoa Bay, draws visitors with its sandy beaches, mild climate, and an enviable location as the gateway to the famous Garden Route.
For maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Port Elizabeth trip itinerary maker tool

Frankfurt, Germany to Port Elizabeth is an approximately 22-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Frankfurt to Port Elizabeth is 1 hour. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Frankfurt in January; daily highs in Port Elizabeth reach 30°C and lows reach 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Addo Elephant National Park.
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Storms River bridge ©
Storms River bridge

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Addo Elephant National Park

Addo Elephant National Park ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Schotia Tooth and Claw Safari. Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): stroll through Schotia Tooth and Claw Safari. On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at Addo Elephant National Park.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Addo Elephant National Park itinerary planner

Traveling by car from Port Elizabeth to Addo Elephant National Park takes 1.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Addo Elephant National Park can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Jeffreys Bay.

Things to do in Addo Elephant National Park

Parks Wildlife
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Parque Nacional dos Elefantes Addo ©

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Jeffreys Bay

Jeffreys Bay
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): relax in the rural setting at Happy Hippo Play Farm and then kick back and relax at Dolphin Beach.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Jeffreys Bay itinerary planner

Traveling by car from Addo Elephant National Park to Jeffreys Bay takes 2 hours. In January, daytime highs in Jeffreys Bay are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Jeffreys Bay

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Dolphin Beach
Dolphin Beach

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Plettenberg Bay

Plettenberg Bay ©
As one of South Africa's most popular beach destinations, the resort town of Plettenberg Bay comes to life in December and January, when the holiday homes fill up with domestic tourists and foreigner visitors.
To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Plettenberg Bay road trip site

You can drive from Jeffreys Bay to Plettenberg Bay in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in January, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Tsitsikamma National Park.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife
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Robberg Nature Reserve ©
Robberg Nature Reserve
Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre ©
Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre

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Tsitsikamma National Park

Tsitsikamma National Park
On a tour of Tsitsikamma National Park, walk through an 800-year-old forest of endemic yellowwood trees, explore diverse coastlines, and hit the array of hiking trails.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tsitsikamma National Park.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Tsitsikamma National Park online road trip planner

You can drive from Plettenberg Bay to Tsitsikamma National Park in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Tsitsikamma National Park can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to drive to Knysna.

Things to do in Tsitsikamma National Park

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Knysna

Knysna ©
Enshrouded in lush indigenous forest and surrounding a scenic lagoon of the same name, the Garden Route town of Knysna has plenty to offer.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Tue): stroll through Noetzie and then stroll through Featherbed Nature Reserve.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Knysna road trip website

Knysna is very close to Plettenberg Bay. January in Knysna sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks Wildlife Beaches

Side Trip

Noetzie
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Noetzie ©
Noetzie
Featherbed Nature Reserve ©
Featherbed Nature Reserve

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Oudtshoorn

Oudtshoorn ©
Nestled in the arid valley of Little Karoo, the town of Oudtshoorn remains the hub of everything ostrich-related, housing the world's largest population of the flightless birds.
You've now added Swartberg Pass to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 17th (Wed): explore and take pictures at Swartberg Pass.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Oudtshoorn online journey planner

You can drive from Knysna to Oudtshoorn in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in January, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to travel to Gansbaai.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Outdoors Scenic Drive
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Swartberg Pass ©
Swartberg Pass

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Gansbaai

Nature lovers will enjoy a holiday in Gansbaai, a fishing village and tourism haven notable for its diverse marine life and numerous opportunities for outdoor activities.
You've now added Shark Diving to your itinerary.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Gansbaai trip planning app

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and car from Oudtshoorn to Gansbaai takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In January, daytime highs in Gansbaai are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Cape Town.

Things to do in Gansbaai

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Shark Diving

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Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
You've now added Boulders Beach to your itinerary. Victoria & Alfred Waterfront and Klein Constantia are good opportunities to explore the local culture. We've also included these beaches for you: Clifton Beaches and Llandudno Beach. There's still lots to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Table Mountain National Park, take some stellar pictures from Cape of Good Hope, get to know the fascinating history of Maclear's Beacon, and look for gifts at Shimansky Jewellers.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Cape Town trip planner

You can drive from Gansbaai to Cape Town in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In January, daytime highs in Cape Town are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Table Mountain National Park ©
Table Mountain National Park
Cape Point ©
Cape Point

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